Our top 10 places to celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town

We’re heading into that time of the year, where there’s a special occasion and reason to celebrate around every corner. We’ve put together our favourite places to help you celebrate a special occasion in Cape Town.


 De Grendel

Offering a menu based on classic, locally sourced ingredients the restaurant at De Grendel serves creative flavour combinations that perfectly complement their range of De Grendel wines. The simple menu changes every day according to availability of ingredients, with a few unusual offerings including brandy and coke ice-cream, liquid popcorn and more.

De Grendel Wine Estate and Restaurant, Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town
021 558 6280 

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff’s dining experience is an expression of the seasons, where classic bistro favourites are served with the finest South African touches. The restaurant prides itself in a simple philosophy – the best food starts with the best ingredients. Enjoyed with views that overlook a sea of vineyards and olive groves planted on the Simonsberg, guests can enjoy classic bistro favourites with the finest South African touches.

Delaire Graff, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch
021 885 8160


No stranger to international culinary influences, Nobu gives classical Japanese cuisine a contemporary twist with a Peruvian influence. Diners can indulge in fresh South African seafood and indigenous spices in mesmerising dishes such as Sake Roast Whitefish with Jalapeno or the Chocolate Bento Box; a dark chocolate fondant with green tea ice cream and a sesame seed tuile. Don’t miss a drink or two in the upper-level Nobu Lounge when you’re done with your meal, and indulge in a selection of Sakes including Japanese beer and Shochu based cocktails.

One & Only Hotel, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 431 5111

The Grand Africa Cafe & Beach

Grand Africa Café & Beach is an iconic Cape Town favourite recognized as an ideal destination for retro-chic dining and group functions – having become the place in the city to enjoy relaxed casual-cuisine dining and social delight. Views of the Atlantic Ocean, swaying palm trees and tables on our private beach make this a one-of-a-kind seafront venue in the V&A Waterfront. This is a multi-purpose venue, with scenic back drop of Table Mountain and conveniently situated in the city with a wide range of accommodation and visitor activities nearby, ideal for groups and special celebrations.

Haul Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 425 0551

Harbour House

Situated on Quay 4, this sophisticated restaurant offers international cuisine with Mediterranean elements in an elegant setting. Only the freshest seafood and ingredients and the best line fish will do. With its prime position overlooking the bustling Victoria Basin and the quay, Harbour House Restaurant has become a firm favourite for seafood-loving locals and tourists alike. The superb menu is a blend of time-honoured favourites and creative new dishes that remain true to the Harbour House ethos of fresh seafood with a gourmet spin.

V & A Waterfront, Quay Four, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 418 4744

The Foodbarn

At the Foodbarn Restaurant, food is civilised without being pretentious – focusing on the natural taste, smells and textures of ingredients, it is also arguably the best restaurant in the Cape’s South Peninsula.

Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek
021 789 1390

La Mouette

La Mouette offers seasonally inspired menus which change regularly, priding themselves in showcasing only the best of local producers and ingredients. La Mouette not only offers ever changing menus, but prides itself on the meticulous selection of complimentary wines carefully selected by their in-house wine list consultant.

78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
021 433 0856

Shortmarket Club

Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame has partnered in a joint venture with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison to open The Shortmarket Club in a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street. Expect luxurious interiors, in a swanky members-only club feel – with the flavours and textures that have made Dale-Roberts a world-renowned chef.

88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
021 447 2874

Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia

The Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia team likes to keep things fresh and fun for both patrons and chefs, with a seasonal and produce-driven menu that changes regularly, with their signature experience being tapas to share for two. Situated at the top of the Constantia Valley, diners can enjoy sweeping views over Cape Town at Eat Out’s 4th Best Restaurant in South Africa.

021 794 8632
ERF1026 Constantia Main Rd, Glen Alpine, Cape Town

Homespun by Matt

Homespun is the result of Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe. Whether he’s been flying high in the skyscrapers of Frankfurt, giving some stylin’ serving by the lake of Zurich or personally road-testing the delicacies of South East Asia, he’s drawn inspiration from all his experiences and has brought them back home, to this intimate, local dining experience.

1 Porterfield Rd, Table View, Cape Town
021 556 2824

A visit to Harbour House Constantia Nek

Beautiful, light and bright, Harbour House is perched on top of Constantia Nek, with views across their vegetable boxes, all the way down the valley. Even though we arrived on a particularly gloomy autumn evening, the dining area was anything but – with high, white ceilings and exposed brick pillars, it was welcoming and elegant, without being sterile.



Getting into the menu – because, let’s be honest – we’re here for the food, it’s a feast of classics done exceptionally well. The offering is extensive, from sushi to steak – which can be a dangerous move for a restaurant to make, but, Harbour House seems to excel at everything they put forward.


We started with the West Coast Mussels, steamed in white wine, garlic, onion, garden thyme, cream and served with toasted ciabatta and the steak tartare – dressed in a Marie Rose sauce, with toasted ciabatta and baby leaves.


The mussels were, in a word, perfect. Plump and ocean fresh, we ordered extra ciabatta to mop up the creamy garlic sauce, and quickly polished the plate. The tartare was good – hand-chopped steak, tossed with tomato and served with pesto and balsamic reduction on the plate, it was thoroughly enjoyed.


Mains were a tough choice, with so many options – we finally decided on the grilled prawns and seafood pasta. The pasta was perfectly cooked, and the sauce delicious, with a decent smattering of seafood throughout. The prawns were delicious, and large – but, at R265 for the portion, we did feel they were a little on the pricey side. Given that a main portion of my starter mussels would be R150 – and just as delicious – we’d go that route if we were to choose again.


Neither of us could forego the temptation of the dessert menu, so we chose the classic crème brûlée and the New York-Style baked cheesecake, and accompanying glass of Frangelico. Pausing only to compliment Harbour House’s suggested drinks pairing, it was quickly devoured with two thumbs up from.

The crème brûlée was good, with visible vanilla seeds and a good crack to it. It was the perfect portion size, and also – entirely finished. You wouldn’t have guessed that it was the last of three courses.


So, the verdict? Even though the menu is large, I really don’t think you can go wrong – or be disappointed – no matter what you order. We left full and happy, and there’s really not much more you can demand of a great restaurant. Recommended.

Discovering delicious Constantia

Known for its historic wine estates and excellent wine, the restaurants of Constantia can often be overlooked. Ranging from bistro casual to fine dining, here are five of our favourites in the valley.




A joint venture between two of La Colombe’s chefs, Foxcroft opened towards the end of last year, and has been serving authentic French pastries and tapas-style dishes to happy diners ever since. With two distinct sections – a cafe and take-away bakery, and sit-down restaurant, it is proving popular with those who just want to pop in to grab a loaf of artisan bread and a few pastries on their way home. Sit-down diners can expect a combination of crowd favourites and more inventive dishes – with enough options to please most palates.

Open Door at Constantia Uitsig



What used to be the River Cafe, has received a beautiful, trendy revamp by the owners of Bocca and Burrata – and, remains a popular spot especially for breakfasts and lunch – the bone marrow Eggs Benedict is a particular favourite. Particularly popular on weekend mornings, thanks to the bike park on the premises, it’s a fantastic spot for a leisurely Saturday brunch when accompanied by the estates MCC. Keep an eye out for dinner specials, especially as we head towards off-season.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia



Hidden towards the back of the estate, Simon’s is a cavernous restaurant, that still manages to feel cosy, with the addition of roaring fireplaces – a welcome site for any visitor to Cape Town, as we head into rainy season. A wholesome, generous menu is accompanied by a good selection of local wines – you’re sure not to leave hungry. With a neighbouring deli, allowing you to take a few pantry staples home with you, it’s a fantastic, unpretentious choice for a satisfying meal.

La Belle at The Alphen Hotel



The more informal of the two restaurants on the Alphen’s property, La Belle is mainly al fresco, so bookmark it for a day with a cloud-free sky. A bistro-inspired menu, you can expect delicious burgers, gnocchi and line fish. Stepping inside, you’re greeted by a glass counter filled with an assortment of delicious pastries – from macarons to mini tarts – that can either be enjoyed as dessert, or taken home.

La Colombe at Silvermist



Nestled at the top of Constantia Nek, neither Constantia nor Hout Bay are ready to relinquish their claim on this fine dining gem – and, we simply couldn’t leave it off our list. Voted the second best restaurant in the country, you can expect fine dining at its most exquisite. Based around a selection of tasting menus, we suggest going all the way and doing the wine-pairing too – and , trust us to get you home safely afterwards!

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Top 5 things include in a trip to Cape Town

Planning a trip to Cape Town can be overwhelming – no matter if you’re a local traveller, or visiting from further abroad. With so many attractions and things to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve put together our 5 top things to include in a trip to Cape Town for you.

Table Mountain


Whether you choose to explore Cape Town’s icon by cable car or by foot – you can’t visit the city and not visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Set aside some time to spend at the top, taking in the views from every angle and enjoying a bite to eat at the restaurant. The hike can be challenging, if you are contemplating tackling it by foot – so remember to take the necessary precautions and prepare accordingly.

A helicopter trip


No matter if you’re a Cape Town local or international visitor, seeing the city from the sky is guaranteed to wow you. With flights as short as 15 minutes, all the way up to one hour, it’s easy to fit one in to your schedule, even if you’re pressed for time. Most flights depart from the V & A Waterfront, making it a central option for most visitors. Be sure to book in advance, especially in peak season (November – March).

Cape Peninsula Tour to Cape Point


The Southern-most tip of Africa, the iconic Cape Point Nature Reserve allows you to do everything from taking scenic hikes, to getting up close and personal with African Penguins at Boulders Beach. A beautiful drive from the city, it’s worth booking out at least half a day in your diary to make the most of this area.  Note that entrance fees for the nature reserve do apply.

A visit to the winelands


Showcasing more than simply spectacular Cape wine, the three main wine regions around the Cape – Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are also filled with heritage monuments and rich history of the area. If you’re short on time, Constantia is barely 30 minutes from the city centre – with Franschhoek and Stellenbosch more suited if you have half a day or more to spend. No matter where you choose to go, we guarantee you’ll find a new favourite wine!

A sunset cruise


The perfect pre-dinner treat, sunset cruises usually leave from the V & A Waterfront. Including a glass of bubbly, watch the sun go down on the Mother City while taking in the views from the water. Perfectly situated to take advantage of the many fine restaurants at the Waterfront, you won’t find a more magical way to send a day in the Cape.

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Graciales has opened at Peddlars & Co

Chef Brad Ball has done it again! Graciales has opened at Peddlars and Co in Constantia.

Yellow chairs, wooden tables and a bright inviting bar are some of the things that create a striking ambience you enter the restaurant.

Graciales at Peddlars & Co

On Friday evening we joined friends to see what Brad is cooking up in this new bright, contemporary tapas restaurant.

We had a party of 12 so we had a long table against the wall. A long table is never the most conducive for conversation but once we had enjoyed our first glass of wine we were happy to shout to the other side of the table to let them know what we were ordering!


We ordered our wine, some cocktails and a bottle of Steenberg Brut Chardonnay – that was the easy part! We then had the difficult decision of deciding what to order from the Tapas menu. How do you choose when all the dishes sound amazing?

We shared the lamb flatbread, miniature pita breads with chickpeas, hummus, tzatziki, & harrisa paste; the famous Beef Tataki, thin slices of beef with the most amazing taste sensation of soya, garlic & chilli, (anyone who knows Brad Ball from Bistro 1682 will know that Beef Tataki was one of the favourites) a platter of sticky ribs & sweet pork belly. All the dishes were fantastic!


Pork Belly with Salted Caramel

The manager persuaded us to try the  grilled calamari with chimichurri. This was a different way to serve calamari. Although the calamari was tender the chimicurri was quite overpowering, but judging by the “oohs and aahs’ during the evening everyone loved the food and we managed to empty all the plates.

A couple of glasses of wine later we decided we had to try the dessert platter. Mini lemon meringue pies, the most delicious chocolate truffles (my favourite) and Turkish delight. I’m not a fan of Turkish delight but everyone seemed to love them.

If there is one thing we could fault it would be the service. The manager on duty was very attentive but our waitress was ‘doing a job’ and seemed to look inconvenienced when we ordered another plate of food and the last round of drinks. Restaurants for me are half about the food and half about the ambience and service.   The food was outstanding but I do think the service needs to change to make this a great dining experience.

The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening but I think the word needs to get out that this little gem has just opened. We’ll definitely be back, to try the rest of the tapas menu.

Congratulations Brad Ball another winner in the southern suburbs!


Photographs courtesy Spill Brand Communication

Looking for an adrenaline rush?

SA Forest Adventures has opened the  Cape Town Zipline at Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Nek, about 21km from the City Centre.

“It’s an awesome experience to tick off your bucket list while in the Mother City,” says Clinton Lerm, the owner of this venture”

This adventure is definitely not for the faint hearted! The new zipline route is one of the longest on the African continent (approximately 2.3km in total), and with SINGLE cables that stretch up to 500m in length and soar 155m above the ground at their highest point.

“It will make you gasp for air,” claims Clinton, who insists that the Cape Town zipline is the most thrilling of all the SA Forest Adventures tours. “You feel as tiny as a rice grain way up there.”

The course is framed by Table Mountain and looks onto the back of the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles mountain range and down the Constantia Nek valley. Whilst testing your vocal chords you can attempt to appreciate the maginificent views of the ocean, the mountain and the fynbos.



Photograph courtesy : SA Forest Adventures

Some important facts:

  • No children under 8 years will be allowed to participate.
  • No PREGNANT ladies.
  • No heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No person over the 120kg weight limit!
  • An average fitness is required.
  • You should not have a fear of heights!  If the tour starts and you are not able to start the tour, you will unfortunately have to walk a distance to get back to the base.
  • You should not have any heart conditions or physical disability.
  • No skill is required to participate.

The two-hour tour costs R480p/p and bookings for groups of six people or less can be done electronically via the company’s website –

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9am (first tour departs) – 4pm (last tour departs)

Location Silvermist Estate, Constantia

Follow Rhodes Drive passing Kirstenbosch towards Hout Bay until you reach the Constantia Nek traffic round about. Travel down towards Hout Bay for only 300 metres, on your left you have reached a large white wall, the entrance to Silvermist Estate and home of Cape Town’s most extreme zipline adventure.

Or contact us to arrange your tour and we’ll book your tickets, and collect you from your hotel!

We could even book lunch and a wine tasting on the Constantia wine route! Your nerves might need it!